One nice feature of the Github web interface is that it shows, for each commit, a list of tags where that commit is included. That’s especially valuable when viewing a File History list, because date alone is a poor indicator of when that commit was introduced semantically.
For example, if I’m viewing this ffmpeg commit on Github, I can see at a glance (after expanding the tag list) that it was introduced in ffmpeg 3.4.
In Sublime Merge, the same commit is shown as:
There’s no indication whatsoever of where you are in the repo history.
I reached the Github commit via their history listing for the file
libavutil/pixfmt.h, which is when it’s especially valuable to be able to determine where you are, tag-wise.
In fact, if you wanted to one-up Github on that front, you could show tags in the history listing itself, which they don’t do. (In Github’s interface, you have to click on a commit in order to see its tag memberships.)
That might add a fair bit of clutter to the list, though I don’t think it would be too bad if:
- the entries were very compact
- multiple successive tags with no intervening commits (that touched the file in question) were collapsed into a single entry.
But any way to access that information, period, would be a big help.